Just rambling through the forest of life.

The essence of spirituality is the search to know our true selves, to discover the real nature of consciousness – Peter Russell.

Holistic Care Approach was founded on the belief that achieving wellness from within is the key to physical and mental well-being – source unknown.

Some time back on a Dementia awareness course we got into a heated discussion in regards to spirituality and holistic care, its one of those hot topic the government was trying to promote some years back and we were introducing into our care plans.

We had two sides battling out the argument. those who believed it was one and the same and should be treated as such. the other side including myself, who felt it was two different phenomena and should be treated separate but combined as ongoing care planning. However one theory that really challenged both sides was what comes first, spiritual care or holistic care?

Thinking about my own spiritual care, I was brought up in a Christian family, baptised in the parish church 3 generations of our family had attended, attending sunday school at an early age, then going into the church choir, before becoming an altar boy, then left in my teens, somewhat disillusioned by the church, but remaining strong in my faith and teachings. over the years I think my spirit has been nurtured in different ways and has also been unbalanced in other ways. However I can say I do know what activities including spiritual and religious will calm my soul. As far holistic care, I believe this changes like the current in the river. it can not easily be defined even with the fittest and healthiest of us.

Even the simplest of coughs can change our approach to holistic care, so trying to care plan for ever possible concept can be hard, but not impossible. understanding our own basic needs and developing this rationalization, we can cater for others Holistic care and then combined their spiritual care with it. Sometimes even introducing spiritual care and even cancel out or balance the problems identified in the holistic care approach, and looking more into this vice versa so then we have the Status quo of the argument. Are they the same approach, or differ and which one really needs to come first or does it really matter?

I feel all that really matters is approaching both areas of care is important and a must if personalized care planning is to continue, especially with services providers having to adjust their service to met the individualized needs of others.

What do you think?

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